Madeleine Is Sleeping

Madeleine Is Sleeping

Book - 2005 | First Harvest edition --.
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When a girl falls into a deep and impenetrable sleep, the borders between her provincial French village and the peculiar, beguiling realm of her dreams begin to disappear: A fat woman sprouts delicate wings and takes flight; a failed photographer stumbles into the role of pornographer; a beautiful young wife grows to resemble her husband's viol. And in their midst travels Madeleine, the dreamer, who is trying to make sense of her own metamorphosis as she leaves home, joins a gypsy circus, and falls into an unexpected triangle of desire and love.

Madeleine Is Sleeping received jubilant critical acclaim and was honored with a National Book Award nomination. Part fairy tale, part coming-of-age story, this "dream of a book" (Michael Cunningham) is an adventure in the discovery of art, sexuality, community, and the self.
Publisher: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, 2005.
Edition: First Harvest edition --.
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9780156032278
Branch Call Number: BYN
Characteristics: 259 pages


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Jan 09, 2011

A strange trip it is through the dreams of Madeleine. Based on the myth of Sleeping Beauty, this book mixes dream and reality in a confounding stream of consciousness populated with bizarre characters. The author uses cryptic but beautiful prose to recreate a sense of the ethereal and magical in which are evoked the freaks and the sublime of yonder-year circuses. I did not really like the way sexuality was described - there was a sickly sweetness to the scenes that made them unappealing and unhealthy.
This book is definitely not for everyone and I sometimes struggled with it, since I'm not a big fan of poetry. However, I was impressed with the magical and dreamy sensation that emits from it.

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Jan 09, 2011

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